I want the law to be changed about someone getting paid for a "child" on their VA disability when they have relinquished all parental rights to that child and the child was adopted by someone else.
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I want the law to be changed about someone getting paid for a "child" on their VA disability when they have relinquished all parental rights to that child and the child was adopted by someone else.

    1. Katie Urban
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      Katie Urban

      somewhere over the rainbw, NC

I have started this petition because the current VA (Veterans Affairs) law states that a veteran can claim a child as a "dependent child" towards their disability entitlements whom they have relinquished all parental rights to and has been legally adopted by someone else. Upon contacting numerous agencies as well as individuals in the Veterans' Affairs District and Regional Offices, they informed me that the definition of a "child" according to USC Title 38 Sec 101 states:

(A) The term “child” means (except for purposes of chapter 19 of this title (other than with respect to a child who is an insurable dependent under subparagraph (B) or (C) of section 1965(10) of such chapter) and section 8502 (b) of this title) a person who is unmarried and—

(i) who is under the age of eighteen years;
(ii) who, before attaining the age of eighteen years, became permanently incapable of self-support; or
(iii) who, after attaining the age of eighteen years and until completion of education or training (but not after attaining the age of twenty-three years), is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution
 
There needs to be some sort of clause that states if the veteran relinquished all parental rights and the child was legally adopted by someone else, that child would no longer be considered the Veterans'. Providing half of the DNA for a child does not entitle an individual to use that child for personal gain, when he or she is no longer the legal parent. Claiming a "dependent child" on your benefits is used to help provide for a child that depends on you either, financially, physically, or emotionally. If that is no longer true, then you should not continue to receive the additional payment . When a legal adoption of a child occurs it specifically states, "The adoption relieves the birth father/mother of all parental rights and responsibilities, and terminates all legal relationships between the birth parent and child, so that the child shall hereafter be a stranger to the birth parent for all purposes. The adoption now creates the relationship between the child and the adopting parent that would have existed if the child were a blood descendent." It is very clear and specific.
 
 I want this law to be changed and I also strongly believe that it should be back dated to the day of the Adoption and any monies taken since then should have to be paid back to the VA. Lets get this money going to Veterans who need and deserve it, not people who are playing the system and have found a loophole.
 
On Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, ABC 11 in Raleigh, NC aired our story! We had an Amazing reproter, Diane Wilson, who worked very hard on shedding light on this issue. You can view the news cast at the link below.
 
 
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To:
North Carolina Governor
North Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
North Carolina State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
I want the law to be changed about someone getting paid for a "child" on their VA disability when they have relinquished all parental rights to that child and the child was adopted by someone else.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Shelia Lynn PENSACOLA, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Child Support laws in general need to be revamped.

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    • Bernita Wheeler APEX, NC
      • 7 months ago

      Its wrong. Simple.

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    • JAMIE ALLEN RALEIGH, NC
      • 7 months ago

      Our Vets have a hard enough time getting the support that they deserve. Changing this loophole could very much help free up more funds for the ones who deserve it.

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    • Tish Thompson STEM, NC
      • 7 months ago

      I suppose this is why my husband who served our fine country for 4 years jumping out of airplanes in the US ARMY is currently being told 20 years later that the knee ligament pain he is experiencing must not be related. There must not be any funds available. OH, an my favorite part is he has been trying to get a replacement VA ID card since November but they cant figure out the upgrades on the camera system. They took the old system off line before the new one was ready???? Please make this man pay back every penny for the fraud he has committed for the child that is not his. Now if he has set up a college fund for her and its growing interest that would be acceptable. But, my guess is he is a slimeball who steals from the government.

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    • Robbie Creech GARNER, NC
      • 7 months ago

      Its ridiculous that a person receive money for a child that they take no interest in raising or does not claim. They did not put in any financial means for the child so why should government pay them for the child?

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